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Job Description



The Program Manager III will attain company objectives by managing military development and production programs, primarily sponsored by US DoD, within the constraints of scope, quality, schedule, cost and delivery of mission and safety critical products that meet contract requirements. Contract requirements are defined by the master prime or subcontract for acquisition of complex, US DoD-developed integrated sensor, countermeasure and weapons systems in accordance with DOD 5000 Defense Acquisition Policy. This includes the life cycle of the System Acquisition Framework including but not limited to Technology Development (TD), Engineering Manufacturing and Development (EMD), Production and Deployment, and Operations and Support (O&S). The PM III functions as the primary company interface for assigned programs to ensure contract compliance.


  • Effectively lead a multi-functional program team of contracts, engineering, finance, quality, purchasing, manufacturing, and business development personnel to achieve project success
  • Execute program activities in accordance with established company program management procedures
  • Execute Earned Value Management system in accordance with ANSI/EIA-748 for Integrated Master Plan and Integrated Master Schedule
  • Management of cost, schedule and technical baseline within program constraints
  • Program Risk Management processes including mitigation plans and reports
  • Lead overall proposal development activities and fulfill lead role in capture process for new or modified contracts
  • Pursue related business growth opportunities
  • Approve, track and report all appropriate program expenditures
  • Assist management and team members in understanding, accepting and communicating budgeting, scheduling and measurement concepts, theory and alternative approaches
  • Organize program work utilizing the program plan and monitoring approach 
  • Analyze validity of schedules, budgets, risks and actions submitted by program teams and outside parties contributing to the program
  • Produce comprehensive schedules, budgets, risk databases and action item lists in various formats and detail to suit different programs or audiences that document, sequence and integrate: action items, program tasks, production operations, supplier material, customer or government furnished material, data, or other project/program activity 
  • Lead management, program team and customer meetings and document meeting minutes
  • Monitor actual progress, compare to baseline and report progress against schedule and budget as well as analyze and report trends and budget or schedule risk 
  • Review contracts and solicitations to identify budget and schedule requirements and constraints and forecast the impact of proposed change


  • All employees are expected to be in compliance with government and corporate laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned





  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Engineering or other Science related discipline; MS or MBA preferred
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification


  • 15 or more years of pertinent work experience with a majority in a DoD (or related government agency) Engineering Manufacturing and Development environment is required
  • 10 or more years developing complex, integrated electronics or sensor systems in military, security, or aerospace development environment
  • 7 or more years in a program management role 


  • Must be eligible to obtain and/or maintain a U.S. Government Security Clearance commensurate with the level of facility clearance. 
  • Frequent use and general knowledge of industry practices, techniques, and standards
  • Application of concepts and principles
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations
  • Risk identification and management
  • Interpretation of customer needs 
  • Presentation creation and delivery
  • Developing and maintaining business relationships
  • Data analysis
  • Excellent problem solving skills, sound judgment, initiative and creativity
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, influencing, team leadership, and organizational skills 
  • High energy and aggressive approach to issues
  • Work ethics of high integrity throughout all areas of internal and external business activity
  • Competent with computer software such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, MS Project)
  • Managing competing priorities
  • Team building
  • Delegating/coaching
  • Proposal generation, management and negotiation
  • Material and labor quoting
  • Staff and skill mix allocation
  • Project management planning, tracking, and adjustment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks 
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Knowledge of:
    • Organizational constructs and dynamics
    • Earned value management principles, manufacturing requirements planning, government contracting, business/proposal strategies
    • Project management best practices, policies and procedures, negotiation
    • Problem solving
    • Personnel development
    • Financial analysis and planning


Lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects, weighing up to 10 pounds occasionally and/or a negligible amount of weight frequently. Involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Use of computer.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential job functions of this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Employees will be expected to perform other job functions and duties as may be needed and/or required.


The company shall afford equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or membership in any other class protected by an applicable federal, state, local, or foreign anti-discrimination law. The company shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. These regulations also prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because the employee or applicant inquired about, discussed, or disclosed the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.

CSES maintains a policy to take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are recruited, employed, promoted, demoted, transferred, laid off, terminated, trained, and compensated without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. The company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

In this regard, the Company makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities in order to enable them to perform all essential job functions, unless doing so creates an undue hardship. 

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